Putin says no talks with Ukraine about release of sailors

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving for G20 Summit in Buenos Aires

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving for G20 Summit in Buenos Aires

"As is typical at multilateral events, President Trump and the First Lady had a number of informal conversations with world leaders at the dinner last night, including President Putin", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Saturday, according to the Hill. On November 30, the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized countries and the European Union called the seizure of the vessels unjustified and demanded Russian Federation free the Ukrainians, saying that the standoff had "dangerously raised tensions".

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump had a brief meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Friday, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said.

"(Russia) has deployed land forces of around 80,000 Russian troops, about 1,400 artillery and missile systems, 900 tanks, 2,300 armoured vehicles, about 500 planes and 300 helicopters", Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

Russian Federation charged that the three Ukrainian navy ships sailed into its territorial waters in the Kerch Strait Nov. 27.

Sunday's incident in the contested Kerch Strait - which connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov - was the first open military confrontation between Kiev and Moscow since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Putin said that Ukrainian Navy boats had illegally crossed into Russian waters last week and drew a diagram of the violation.

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Ukraine had stepped up security at critical infrastructure sites, including at nuclear and hydroelectric power plants, chemical factories and at ports on the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, Poroshenko said.

Russia put on a courageous face after Trump abruptly junked a much-awaited sit-down with Putin, blaming it on internal USA politics and "anti-Russian hysteria". Moscow explained such a move by internal political reasons. "Russian Federation must comply with this basis", she said.

"In the waters of the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Aegean Sea, more than 80 ships and 8 submarines are on patrol - including 23 combat vessels and 6 submarines", he declared.

The Ukrainian parliament supported a bill earlier this week imposing a martial law in certain regions for 30 days starting from Wednesday due to the tensions with Russian Federation in the Sea of Azov. The Ukrainian authorities declared martial law. On November 30 the government barred male Russian nationals aged 16 to 60 from entering the country, with President Petro Poroshenko saying the measure was created to prevent the formation of "private armies".

European Council President Donald Tusk was more focused on the Ukraine crisis, saying he was "sure" the bloc would roll over its sanctions on Russian Federation next month. An unsteady cease-fire has been in place there since 2015. Three Ukrainian servicemen were lightly wounded.

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